In the light of current and ever-changing government advice, the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership are currently assessing the impact on their current projects.

Last week, we had decided to delay an event planned for early July to later in the year. Some of our other projects and our education work will be postponed.  Malcolm Chainey, Chair of TVCRP, said “at this early stage, it is not possible to provide any definitive plan, but rest assured we will be working in the background for the long-term benefit of all the communities of the Tyne Valley Railway area”.

We are committed to ensure the safety of all our volunteers in their various roles and will be contacting them. In the meantime, we advise that they follow government advice in relation to coronavirus.

Train companies, including Northern, have announced concessions in respect of rail tickets purchased in advance.  More information is available on websites and social media.

For the third year Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) has collaborated with the Wylam Winter Tales Festival.

The idea of the Festival is to celebrate the Arts with the local community in Wylam and the Tyne Valley, bringing light at the darkest time of the year through story telling, music, poetry, spoken word, film, crafts and history. This year, Wylam Winter Tales’ exhibition was entitled “Wylam Way: Collective Memory”.

Last year, Network Rail granted use of the original waiting room at Wylam station. The plan to use the same room for this year’s exhibition had had to be hastily changed when Network Rail planned some urgent refurbishment work in the room. For a while, the exhibition looked in danger. However, the waiting room is adjacent to the station house, a two storey building which is rented by Gully Howard Technical. Hearing about the exhibition, Gully Howard very kindly allowed Wylam Winter Tales and TVCRP to use the front room of the house for the exhibition.

The Festival ran for nine days and the station buildings were open 10 – 1 and 3 - 6 every day, staffed by volunteers from both TVCRP and the Wylam community. The exhibition showcased images from the collection of the late Philip Brooks, now donated to the community. Visitors to the exhibition were asked if they had any memories of Wylam and to write them down on luggage labels and hang them on a ‘tree’ in the centre of the room. This proved to be very popular and covered a great many aspects of village life. TVCRP were also able to show visitors their work on Open in Winter which promotes towns in the Tyne Valley. There were lots of photographs showing the village and these aroused a great deal of interest amongst residents who saw how the village developed and changed over the years.

The Festival team were very happy with the impact of the festival as most of the events were sold out and the exhibition attracted plenty of visitors. Anecdotally we heard about visitors who travelled to Wylam by train, thus increasing Northern's revenue, visiting the exhibition, having a meal and going to the events.

Wylam Winter Tales in now in its fifth year and becoming increasingly popular. One of the comments were “Wylam Winter Tales is growing every year. It is good for the villagers and an excellent excuse to get out and do things in darkest January”.

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You can have some great days out during the winter months along the Tyne Valley Railway. Many of the local attractions remain open during the winter months.

There rail connections at Newcastle from stations in Teesside, Yorkshire as well as Scotland, the Midlands and South.  Travelling from Lancashire, Cumbria and other stations throughout the country, you will change trains at Carlisle for the Tyne Valley Railway.

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As part of our Open in Winter project, we are visiting some of the stations managed by TransPennine Express in Teesside and Yorkshire promoting travel to the Tyne Valley area.  In January we took our Hadrian's Wall to Middlesbrough Station and in February, we visited Thornaby Station as well as a return visit to Middlesbrough. Next on the itinerary is a trip to Northallerton so if you see us at the station, please do stop and say helloMiddlesbrough 230120.  . With some direct services from Middlesbrough and Thornaby along the Tyne Valley Railway to Carlisle, you can enjoy a delightful day out. From Northallerton, you will need to change trains at Nedwcastle Station.

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Our thanks goes to TransPennine Express for their financial support for this project and for their assistance during our presence at their stations, to The Sill, Northumberland National Park, for their contribution and to all the people, businesses and organisations who have helped us to show what the Tyne Valley Railway has to offer.

We have put together some suggestions of places to visit, events to visit or things to do and see.  Open our leaflet here or click the image to the left. 

Offers at local attractions and businesses

Take advantage of the offers; money off entrance fees,discounts and even a chance to win dinner, bed and breakfast. Check out the offers here

Click on the links below to read ideas for days out in the Tyne Valley Railway area

Wylam mapStephensons birthplace Wylam and ideas for days out
 Abbey Christmas Tree minHexham  Hexham and ideas for days out
 CorbridgeRomanTown2CorbridgeAngelInnAutumn1  Corbridge and ideas for days out
 Steel Rigg 003Pottery looking south to station  Bardon Mill and ideas for days out
 Haltwhistlestation    Haltwhistle and ideas for days out
 City Centre croppedilluminated Citadel  Carlisle and Ideas for Days Out

Walking and Exploring

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Walking in the Tyne Valley Railway area is popular and many walks are easily accessible from our stations.

Our new leaflet showcasing walking routes from Bardon Mill Station to The Sill National Discovery Centre and world-famous Roman Vindolanda can be downloaded here.  We are grateful to NNPA The Sill for support which has allowed us to extend the Open in Winter project to include Bardon Mill and area.

Halrwhistle is the starting point for numerous walking routes varying from a gentle stroll by the river to a longer walks to the heart of Hadrian's Wall.  Download the walk from the town to explore the National Park and World Heritage Hadrian's Wall here. 

Check out Events

A trip on the Tyne Valley Railway can take you to one of the many events being held at various venues.  We have put together some ideas here

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Community Rail in Carlisle November 2019 - image shows our Tourism version of Hadrian's WallIt was on a freezing cold Saturday in November when the hardy volunteers of the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership led by its Officer, Fiona Forsythe, set off for Carlisle with their stand for Community Rail in Carlisle.

Barry MartinThe Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) is exploring the possibility of staging Commemoration Event(s) to remember the 1939/1940 World war Two evacuations of women and children from the Tyneside industrial conurbation to the relative safety of rural Tynedale. TVCRP has teamed up with Wallsend Local History Society to identify interest particularly those who were involved both from Tyneside and the receiving towns of Haltwhistle, Brampton and the surrounding villages.